Starring: Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Pierre Brasseur, Pierre Renoir, Maria Casares, Gaston Modot
Poetic realism reached sublime heights with "Children of Paradise" ("Les enfants du paradis"), widely considered one of the greatest French films of all time. This nimble depiction of nineteenth-century Paris's theatrical demimonde, filmed during World War II, follows a mysterious woman ("The Pearls of the Crown's Arletty") loved by four different men (all based on historical figures): an actor, a criminal, a count, and, most poignantly, a street mime (La Ronde's Jean-Louis Barrault, in a longing-suffused performance for the ages). With sensitivity and dramatic elan, director Marcel Carne ("Port of Shadows") and screenwriter Jacques Prevert (Le jour se leve) resurrect a world teeming with hucksters and aristocrats, thieves and courtesans, pimps and seers. Thanks to a major new restoration, this iconic classic looks and sounds richer and more detailed than ever.
High-Definition Digital Transfer from Pathe's 2011 Restoration, with Uncompressed Monaural Soundtrack, Audio Commentaries by Film Scholars Brian Stonehill and Charles Affron, Video Introduction by Director Terry Gilliam, "Once Upon a Time: 'Children of Paradise'" - A 2010 Documentary on the Making of the Film, New Visual Essay on the Design of "Children of Paradise" by Film Writer Paul Ryan, "The Birth of 'Children of Paradise'" - A 1967 German Documentary that Visits Nice, Where the Film was Partially Shot, Restoration Demonstration, U.S. Trailer, Collectible Booklet Featuring an Essay by Film Scholar Dudley Andrew and Excerpts from a 1990 Interview with Director Marcel Carne.
Presented in Black & White, French Language Film with New English Subtitle Translation.
|Studio Name:||Sony Pictures Home Entertainment|
|Blu-ray Release Date:||09/18/2012|
|Screen Format:||Full Frame|
|Run Time (in minutes):||190 minutes|
|Audio Tracks:||PCM Mono|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.34|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||0.94 x 4.0 x 7.37|